about ME

Dan Butler serves as the principal of Epworth Elementary School in the Western Dubuque Community School District. He received his BA in Elementary Education and MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls. Dan has an Advanced Studies Certificate (Superintendent) and successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation entitled, "Impact of Positive Psychology in PK-12 Settings" on August 3, 2020.


 In the past, he served as the principal of Epworth and Farley Elementary Schools​ simultaneously for 4 years focusing on positive relationships with all members of the learning community, high impact instructional techniques, building leadership capacity in others, and establishing successful school cultures. Dan continues to learn, grow, and contribute to education by presenting at local, state, and national conferences about digital leadership, 21st century public relations/communication, continuous improvement, positive psychology/employee engagement, and developing leadership capacity. In addition to his responsibilities as a building principal, Dan has been an adjunct professor teaching classes in the Educational Leadership department at UNI.

Dan has received a number awards and was most recently recognized as a finalist for the School Administrators of Iowa Elementary Principal of the year in 2019 and 2020. He received the University of Northern Iowa Educational Leadership Legacy award in 2018 and was a 2017 bizTimes.biz Rising Star in the Dubuque area. He serves as the co-moderator of Iowa Educational Chat (#IAedchat), a weekly Twitter forum held on Sunday evenings at 8:00 CST focused on the latest trends in education. Dan has published various articles to Principal Magazine focused on digital leadershipliteracyproductivity. and educator engagement.

When not at school, Dan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, watching and participating in various sports, and attending a variety of events within the Western Dubuque School District. Dan and his wife, Johna, reside in Epworth with their two sons, Mason and Nolan.